FBL 206: Agroforestry

Subject Ante and Title: FBL 206 Agroforestry

Subject status:                       Core

Credits rating:                       7.5

Time distribution:

Lectures:                     30 hours

Seminars/Tutorials:      10 hours

Practical:                     10 hours

Assignments:               10 hours

Independent study:     15 hours

Prerequisite: None

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to;

  1. Explain different concepts and key terminologies used in agroforestry
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of agroforestry as a sustainable land use system.
  3. Apply the acquired knowledge to design agroforestry systems and technologies.

Contents: Agroforestry: concepts, definitions, features, systems, technologies and practices. Quantitative and qualitative benefits of agroforestry including the edaphic, biological and agro-meteorological effects, nutrient relations, symbiotic relationships with mycorrhiza and rhizobia. Component interactions. Screening and evaluation of the woody perennials including species and provenance tests. Examples of agroforestry systems and technologies in the tropics and the world. Resources management systems, evaluation and agroforestry interventions. Diagnosis and Design (D & D) methodology and other participatory evaluation techniques in agroforestry.

Required Readings

  1. Young, A. (1997). Agroforestry for soil management. CAB International/ICRAF.
  2. Ong, C.K. and Huxley, P. (1996). Tree-crop interactions – physiological approach. CAB International/ICRAF.
  3. Nair, P.K.R. (1993). An introduction to agroforestry. Kluwer Academic Publishers/ICRAF.

Recommended Readings

  1. Nair, P.K.R. (1984). Soil productivity aspects of agroforestry. Science and Practice of Agroforestry. ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya.
  2. Rocheleau, D.F., Weber and Juma, F.A. (1988). Agroforestry in drylands Africa. ICRAF, Nairobi Kenya.

3. G. Schroth, G.A.B. da Fonseca, C.A. Harvey, C. Gascon, H.L. Vasconcelos, and A.M.N.

   Izac (2004). Agroforestry and Biodiversity Conservation in Tropical Landscapes. Island

   Press, Washington, DC. ISBN: 1-55963-357-3.